Producer: Joao Hamilton
Region: Caconde, Brazil
Altitude: 1200-1350 masl
Process: Natural, selectively picked, dried on raised beds
Exporter: Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza
Cup profile: Creamy, pear, dried apricot, pecans, creme caramel
Joao Hamilton's 10 hectare farm land is located in the Caconde region, on the border of Sao Paolo and Minas Gerais states. The land is divided into two farms – Sitio Canaa and Sitio Novo Canaa lying in altitudes between 1200 – 1350 masl. Joao and his family produce a number of varieties including Catuai, Mundo Novo, Bourdon, Sumatra & Obata. All coffee is now harvested when fully ripe, hand-picked and sorted prior to processing with a variety of methods. This particular lot consists of the unusual hybrid varietal – Obata, grown at Sitio Canaa, hand-sorted and dried on raised beds.
In 2006 Joao and his brother Ivan started working in collaboration with FAF with the goal to improve the quality of coffee they produce whilst changing their agricultural practices and improving the environment around them. And they have come a long way since.
Joao's approach to coffee growing is best explained in his own words:
“Our production was traditionally commodity and our goal was always to produce as much quantity as possible while using various agro-toxic chemicals. We did not respect Mother Nature nor the quality of the coffee. In recent years this system of commodity coffee had ceased to be sustainable for us.
"In 2006 Marcos from Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza invited our family (Joao Hamilton and Ivan) to take part in a new sustainable method in producing coffee. The objective became to achieve the highest quality while simultaneously respecting nature, reforesting the area around our springs, recycling our trash, refraining from utilizing toxic fertilizers and herbicides giving the practice of cultivating coffee a new inspiration and hope.”